Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (Hebrews 12:1-NIV)
As we bid adieu to 2010, we want to highlight what we consider to be our TOP TEN posts. Each of these articles garnered considerable commentary, and we are extremely grateful to our fantastic readers. It’s your loyalty that motivates us to “dig deep” into important spiritual matters and then share our findings and opinions with you.
We will work our way up to the #1 post for 2010 and then throw in a few “honorable mentions”.
Here we go…
10. Sisterhood of the Stay-At-Home Daughters–link
This is a HOT BUTTON issue here at TWW. Just today we discovered important information and new websites (to us) on this topic, and you can rest assured that we will be investigating this trend further in the New Year.
9. Al Mohler: Intellectual Visionary or Pseudo-Intellectual Legalist?– link
Al Mohler has been in the spotlight since the “New Calvinists” came into vogue, most recently appearing on the cover of the October 2010 issue of Christianity Today. How well was Mohler’s article “The Reformer” received by CT readers you may ask? The “Viewpoints” section of the December issue sheds some light. When the votes were tallied, readers’ take on “The Reformer” were 30% YAY and 70% NAY. BTW, neither of your blog queens voted… Could it be that Al Mohler’s star is beginning to fade?
8. The Enigma of Beth Moore– link
Last August Christianity Today featured an article on Beth Moore, which prompted the writing of this post. Moore has a loyal following, and we heard from a number of them. We are amazed by how closely Beth Moore guards her persona, which was one the major points of the post. We highly recommend the article as well as the comment thread.
7. Why I Cannot Be a Calvinista– link
Dee challenged our readers with this post, which begins as follows: “I have enormous respect for Calvinists; however, I cannot suffer the Calvinistas. “Calvinista” is a term coined here at The Wartburg Watch, which connotes those Calvinists who believe not only that they are 100% right but imply with less than subtle innuendo that anyone who doesn’t agree with them is (choose one or all) Biblically illiterate, theologically challenged, a baby Christian, self-glorifying, God demeaning, and maybe not saved.”
6. The Flintstone Doctrine– link
Deb introduces The Flintstone Doctrine as follows: “The Wartburg Watch is the home of such coined terminology as Calvinista, Redneck Theology, and Boutique Seminaries. The definitions can be found at this link to our blog. Today we coin a new phrase. Remember, you heard it here first. For those who actually believe that dinosaurs boarded Noah’s Ark two by two and that man and dinosaur cavorted side by side, we have established The Flintstone Doctrine.”
After explaining the doctrine, she concludes with this quip: “And if you believe The Flintstone Doctrine, I have a cave in Bedrock to sell you which comes with your very own Dino!!!”
This post was definitely one of our favorites. Thanks to Dee for her embellishment of The Flintstone Doctrine.
5. Breaking Fellowship over “Ordinances” at T4G– link
Together for the Gospel may not be as “together” as the Fab Four would have us believe. Sam Storms has highlighted the problem as follows: “Ligon Duncan, on the other hand, is a Presbyterian paedo-baptist. Because of this, both Mark Dever and Al Mohler made it clear that if Duncan were in attendance at either of their churches they would not permit him to partake of the elements of the Lord's Supper.” In addition to this post, please read a follow-up article “Paedobaptists React to Mark Dever’s Strong Words."
4. The Danger of Personality Cults Among the New Calvinists– link
The first sentence of this post ends as follows: “…we have become increasingly concerned that this hot new theological movement may have a very serious downside, namely, hero worship.”
Will idolatry of those “in charge” be the downfall of the New Calvinists movement?
3. Are Ergun Caner and Liberty University Just Jive Talkin’?–link
It is widely known in Christian circles that bloggers were instrumental in forcing Liberty University to address Ergun Caner’s public lying. This may have been the first time that news outlets looked to bloggers as reliable information sources. In the aftermath, Caner stepped down from the presidency of the seminary but continues as a professor. His popularity hasn’t diminished, as he makes the rounds to speak at Christian conferences, churches, and even cruises.
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2. The Mahaney Money Machine– link
We decided to follow the Mahaney money trail, and it led straight to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The “bottom line” is that C.J. Mahaney personally gave in excess of $100,000 to Al Mohler’s seminary in a relatively short period of time. Not only that, Sovereign Grace Ministries has contributed at least $100,000 to Southern Seminary. Even Covenant Life Church and PDI made contributions to Southern. Our question is “Why”? An accompanying post you may want to read is “Mahaney’s Meteoric Rise in the SBC,” which begins as follows: “Surprise, surprise, surprise!!! Guess who’s speaking at the ‘2010 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference’?”
1. FBC Jacksonville Blogger Wins Round One (Tom Rich)– link
This was truly a David and Goliath story. Tom Rich, a member of FBC Jacksonville, began writing anonymously about the extravagances / abuses he witnessed shortly after Mac Brunson arrived. To make a long story short, Tom was “outed” and his identity was revealed to the leaders of the church. He and his wife were kicked out of the church, and he sued the church, the sheriff's office and the state attorney's office because they violated his First Amendment Rights. Tom settled his lawsuit with the government authorities, essentially " winning" and has another suit pending against First Baptist Jacksonville. Your blog queens were “humbled” when the Jacksonville Attorney’s Office linked to this post as a source that documented the travesty that occurred to Tom.
Complementarian or Egalitarian: Are You So Sure?– link
A Letter to Matt Chandler from a Narcissistic Zero– link
Keeping Secrets in the SBC– link
T4G Bookstore – Check It Out!– link
Under CEEJ” – Why the Impersonation of C.J. Mahaney is NO LAUGHING MATTER– link
Both of us would like to thank all of you for reading our blog. It amazes us that two middle-aged, evangelical busybodies could attract such a wonderful and intelligent readership. Some critics have claimed that bloggers are unmarried men, who live with their mothers and conduct their blogging in the basement while wearing bathrobes and eating Cheetos. We want our loyal readers to know that we will never let you down in such a manner. We are the mothers, no one is living in our basements, we blog upstairs and, in keeping with our glamorous image, wear Talbots, J Jill, Coldwater Creek and Chicos. However, Dee confesses to eating Cheetos on road trips.
Many of our readers have been the victims of spiritual abuse. Both of us are no strangers to this subject. In fact, we plan to write extensively on this topic in the new year. We have discovered some information that we believe that will both surprise many and help those who have been harmed by those in the pulpits and those in the pews. We found the following video on God Tube that we think should be an encouragement to those who have been hurt. Just remember, when you feel weary and alone, Jesus is still there, helping you cross the finish line. And always remember that you are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, encouraging you on your way. Know that the two of us are praying for you and leading the cheering squad. May God bless you richly in the coming year.
We are experiencing some glitches. Please click on this link to view the video until we can get the embedded video to work. This is a job for "the guy behind the curtain."